Drug & Alcohol Testing

Drug and Alcohol Testing

Drug testing can be an effective tool for employers to screen out drug using candidates.  Combining multiple reasons for testing, employers can create and enforce a drug free work environment.  Some of the many benefits employers receive from drug testing include:

  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Reduction of workplace accidents
  • Lowered cost for workers compensation and healthcare premiums
  • Increased employee productivity

Our drug-screening program provides employers with the most accurate information about the presence of drugs and alcohol in workers urine, while preserving the dignity of those being screened.  Our specimen collectors are Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) certified, which ensures that a valid specimen is being collected.  Our drug-screening program follows all D.O.T. random testing requirements.  Our collectors are also trained as certified breath alcohol technicians.  Testing is available at our occupational health clinic or on site; results are typically available within 24 hours.

Types of Drug and Alcohol Testing:

  • Pre-employment testing usually occurs after a conditional offer of employment has been made.  Most companies require a negative result for a candidate to begin working.  This type of testing is effective for employers who proactively want to enforce a drug free workplace culture.
  • Random testing is effective for discouraging drug use in the workplace because it’s unannounced to the employees.  An employer will select one or more individuals from the group of employees participating in the workplace drug testing program.  Using random selection process, Cascade will inform the employer who is selected.  By doing this the employer can ensure there is no bias and that all employees have an equal chance of being selected.  All employees participate in the selection process even if they were recently tested.
  • Post-accident testing occurs after an employee has been involved in a workplace accident usually leading to injury or property damage.  The testing process confirms if drugs or alcohol were present in the system if testing is completed immediately following the accident.  Employers will need to outline in their policy when testing will occur and specify what types of accidents will lead to testing.
  • Reasonable suspicion testing is performed when a supervisor has evidence or a reasonable cause for suspecting an employee of drug or alcohol use on the job.  Specific reasons for testing include evidence of illegal substances, erratic or abnormal behavior, or confusion with problem solving and completing job duties.  Cascade Health can provide reasonable suspicion training at the employer’s request.
  • Return to duty testing occurs when an employee completes a drug or alcohol education and rehab program after testing positive.  These employees have previously tested positive for illegal substances or have violated the company’s drug and alcohol policy.  These tests are performed at a scheduled time and can be federally mandated.
  • Compliance with federal D.O.T. regulations

Developing a random testing program

Whether you’re an owner-operator or have a fleet of drivers, we can help you navigate federal drug testing requirements.  Random testing programs can also be established for employers who are not required to meet federal regulations (non-D.O.T.).  In addition, we help businesses develop drug-free workplace policies.

 

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For more information

Contact our Director of Occupational Health Travis Brooke

541-228-3100 or

541-228-3145

tbrooke@cascadehealth.org